Longest Ramp at the Umgeni Road Interchange is now Open.
Motorists are urged to be cautious during the final stages of construction, travel within the speed limit and always remain observant of the road signage. According to a media statement issued by the South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL), the opening of one of two lanes of Ramp A1 will enable traffic from the N2 north to branch off eastwards towards the Durban CBD.
The opening of one of two lanes of Ramp A1 will enable traffic from the N2 North to branch off Eastwards towards the Durban CBD. This is a major milestone for the South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) whose mandate from the government is to finance, improve, manage and maintain the national road network.
SANRAL said the outstanding characteristics of the R512m Umgeni Road interchange were the simultaneous construction of two incrementally launched bridges and the casting yard for one of the bridges which was elevated at a height of 20 m.
In recognition of this excellence in civil engineering, the Concrete Society of Southern Africa this week chose the Umgeni Road interchange as the winner of the prestigious Fulton Award in the category for civil engineering structures over R100 million in value. The agency had announced the opening of the southbound and northbound ramps leading onto the N2 at the same interchange last week.
The bridge leading off the service road onto the N2 southbound carriageway was opened on 23 March 2015. “While the Umgeni interchange has had its fair share of challenges, this has not compromised our objectives to achieve quality work and produce world-class civil engineering structures,” said Logashri Sewnarain, SANRAL Eastern Region Manager.
“We hope that the generations to come will enjoy the long-term benefits of this remarkable interchange and we are proud of the legacy we are leaving behind in the form of a truly iconic structure.” Sewnarain commended the contractor and project team for their hard work and relentless efforts which has resulted in the opening of several ramps in early June whilst also ensuring the high standard of work on SANRAL projects is never compromised.
The interchange is scheduled for completion in July 2015 to accommodate traffic from all directions but will largely depend on the contractor’s progress on the site.
Motorists are urged to be cautious during the final stages of construction, travel within the speed limit and always remain observant of the road signage. We thank the motorists for their patience during the construction.